We arrived in Seaside long after dark last night so even though we could hear the ocean, we couldn't see it. When we opens our blinds this morning and stepped out onto the balcony, Grady was speechless. We stayed at the Best Western Ocean View Resort because I wanted to hear the waves crashing at night and it's right off the beach. The hotel is a bit dated but the room we stayed in had a gorgeous view and was clean.
We bundled up and went for a walk on the beach (and to find coffee!). Grady hunted for crabs (and found only empty shells) while I tried to keep Poppy's face against my chest to shelter her from the chill. She was like a dog sticking its head out the car window, pulling against the baby carrier to push her face straight into the wind.
It was the perfect start to our day. That and the amazing lattes we found at Beach Day Coffee.
The rest of our day was consumed by driving 800km (hold me) down the I-5. Now, I've lived my whole life in two places: BC and England. I am not unfamiliar with rain is what I'm saying. But the rain we hit today was unlike any rain I've driven in before. It was coming down in sheets so heavy that the windshield wipers couldn't keep up, even on full speed. It definitely slowed our progress but fortunately the majority of our trip was dry.
Grady has been an excellent traveller, keeping himself occupied with his doodle pad and crayons or sleeping most of today. Of course it's now 10:30 at night and he's still wide awake. We can only ask so much of him I guess.
Poppy is definitely over being stuck in her car seat. Today she pulled the full plank when I tried to put her in after we stopped for lunch. I don't remember Grady ever pulling that move until he hit the toddler years. Our gal isn't afraid to let us know what she likes and doesn't like.
We have another full day of driving tomorrow but hopefully the sportsball keeps people at home and off the roads. Grady is practically vibrating with excitement because tomorrow we arrive at Disneyland (DISNEYLAND).